The academic year in Jordan is September through June. Preference will be given to candidates with at least three years of postdoctoral experience. Letters of invitation are strongly preferred, but not required. Potential applicants may suggest preferred host institutions, and include a letter of invitation. Final affiliations will be arranged and/or confirmed by the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange.
The office of the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, or the Fulbright House, is located in a villa in the quiet residential district of Shmeisani in Amman. It is ideally situated in close proximity to many shops, hotels, restaurants and public transportation. The Fulbright House serves Jordanian and American students, scholars and professionals and provides a deep support network for all Fulbrighters in Jordan. The Fulbright staff is committed to ensuring that each grantee becomes a member of our Fulbright family and feels that a home-away-from-home is ever present from the day of their arrival in the Kingdom.
All American grantees to Jordan are greeted upon arrival at the airport and housed temporarily at a hotel near the Fulbright House. An orientation week is offered to introduce incoming grantees and their families to a variety of local and international presenters, and to discuss Jordanian and regional politics, economics, religion, security and society. A significant amount of time is dedicated to cross-cultural discussions on Jordanian values. A personal security awareness briefing is also offered, complimented by a briefing from the U.S. Embassy security staff.
The Fulbright staff in Jordan regularly assist incoming Fulbrighters in securing suitable apartments and introducing them to the local community. Assistance is provided in establishing local bank accounts, identifying schools for accompanying dependents, or finding volunteer or internship opportunities. The staff at the Fulbright House also provide assistance in securing residency and/or work permits, locating medical care, and providing guidance regarding medication needs.
Fulbrighters are assigned mailboxes at the Fulbright House, where the mail is picked up and deposited on weekly basis. Announcements of local cultural, film, art events and activities in Amman are also shared. The Fulbright House lounge offers Fulbrighters the opportunity to watch movies and take advantage of a free-lending book and DVD library. Periodic town meetings are held with the grantees and their families and regular get-togethers are arranged to enjoy and celebrate such occasions as Thanksgiving, Christmas or Ramadan Iftars (special evening meals during the month of Ramadan). The Fulbright House also serves as the umbrella institution for meetings or events convened by the Jordanian Fulbright Alumni Association and for the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association of Jordan.
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